Montreal Canadiens (39-23-8) at Ottawa Senators (39-23-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 18, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +100 / Montreal Canadiens -110 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators meet up in a pivotal Atlantic division clash on Saturday as both teams vie for top spot.
The Canadiens play in one of their biggest road games of the season on Saturday night as they head into the Canadian Tire Center to match up with the Ottawa Senators in a building that should have plenty of Montreal support. The Habs come into tonight’s game with a one point lead in the Atlantic division over the Sens but Ottawa does have a game in hand and these two teams will meet up twice more after this encounter in a three game set that should very well decide who will finish in first place and claim home ice advantage for the first two rounds. Montreal had a rough stretch after the all-star break which allowed Ottawa and the Boston Bruins to get back into the race in the Atlantic but Carey Price is back in top form and he will have to be sharp in this one as he will face off against former Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon.
The Senators meanwhile are 19-11-7 at home this season and have had success both at the CTC and on the road but they will be in tough in a home game here that might feel like a road atmosphere as the Canadiens faithful travels incredibly well when these sides meet up just a short drive from Montreal. Ottawa has gone on a surge and have been one of the best teams in the league since the all-star break and the move to acquire Alex Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks has already paid dividends and Ottawa will be out for another statement win as the regular season draws near a close.
The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last four against the Eastern Conference and 7-2 in their last nine overall while the Sens are 4-0 in their last four Saturday games and 6-2 in their last eight overall. Both of these teams are playing well and this is going to be a dog fight but I give a slight edge to the Sens who have been great at home and have Condon against his old team for added incentive.